Financial Support

Financial Support
Exhibitions Assistance Loan & Line of Credit
Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Program

Craft Ontario is a third-party recommender for the Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Program. The program provides individual artists with $500 to $1,500 to assist with the cost involved in producing, or taking part in, an upcoming exhibition.

As an OAC Exhibition Assistance program recommender, Craft Ontario accepts craft-related applications from across Ontario. Approved applications are reviewed by a committee and forwarded to the OAC once the grant recipients are chosen.


Craft Ontario's upcoming application submission deadlines are:

  • July 28, 2017
  • November 17, 2017

To access the application form, or to find out more information on other craft third-party recommending organizations, please visit the Ontario Arts Council’s website.

Tips to completing your application successfully:

  • Complete and sign the application form.
  • Include a resume that outlines your artistic training, accomplishments and past exhibitions.
  • Include a copy of an exhibition confirmation document. This document must indicate the location and the opening/closing dates of your upcoming show. Acceptable documents include a letter signed by the gallery director, curator or organizer, an exhibition contract, rental agreement or insurance document.
  • Provide a selection of 10 digital images of your current work. Please make sure that all images are in a JPG format, and are no larger than 1 MB in size. Submit a corresponding list identifying the date, title, technique/medium and dimensions of each work.
  • For your budget, include a breakdown of expenses that are your responsibility when preparing and producing the exhibition. Ensure that all expenses you include are eligible according to the Ontario Arts Council guidelines. Calculate the total grant amount that you are requesting.

To submit your application to Craft Ontario, please mail or deliver to:

Craft Ontario
Attn: OAC Exhibition Assistance
1106 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON  M6J 1H9

If you would prefer to submit your application in a digital format, please scan your application form as a pdf, upload all files to a folder in Dropbox, and share with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information, please contact Janna Hiemstra at 416-925-4222, ext 225, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Loan & Line of Credit

This program is for arts professionals that find themselves in a position where change is essential. You may be a visual or craft-based artist undertaking a new community installation that requires a budget beyond your individual means, or you could be a maker taking a trip to another city to exhibit your work.

The Creative Arts Credit Union is a financial institution designed exclusively to meet creative practitioners needs.

Creative Arts can also structure a personal line of credit to help you meet your business goals.
Our Self-Promotion Loan is available as a line of credit — of $5,000 or more — for qualified borrowers. For members who want the discipline of a fixed repayment schedule, you can choose from levels of monthly payments to retire the drawn balance over a three-year term.

Apply online or phone 416. 642. 6749 or toll free: 877-643-3660


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Who We Are

Formerly the Ontario Crafts Council, Craft Ontario is a not-for-profit service organization that works to have craft recognized as a valuable part of life. We promote and celebrate professional craft through providing member opportunities, and advocate for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences.